Begin with pickup at your hotel in Amsterdam, then leave the modern city behind as you travel into the Dutch countryside in a minivan with a private driver. Make the first stop of the day at Marken, a tiny island village linked to the mainland by a slender causeway. Upon arrival in Marken, a local guide in costume will guide you through the best of Marken and nearby Volendam, including a 30-minute boat trip between the two.
Both Volendam and Marken are postcard-ready, lined with 17th-century brick houses, classic sailing vessels, and tiny gardens. You’ll have time to explore local cuisine and culture as you make your way through the villages: stop by the Volendam cheese factory, where you’ll learn about the cheese making process and try samples of locally-made cheese. See clogs take shape at the wooden shoe factory, and visit Woltje’s Backery to taste stroopwafel, a traditional Dutch treat that combines caramel and waffle-shaped cookies.
At the end of the tour, meet the driver for the return trip to Amsterdam, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.